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About Rochester

Rochester is the scenic city in the U.S. state of New York. It is home to 210,565 people, and is the state’s third largest city. Rochester is the ideal chance to explore natural scenery and to find yourself in the birthplace of many important innovations, including Kodak and Xerox. Attractions include Seneca Park Zoo and George Eastman Museum.

Cheap flights to Rochester are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to explore this innovative city! Rochester is home to Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC), and is a 10-minute drive from the city centre. Rochester International Airport serves many airlines including United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and South African Airways. Popular international flights depart from Cape Town and Johannesburg. The flight duration from Johannesburg to Rochester is approximately 20 hours, 30 minutes.

Why visit Rochester

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Beautiful Parks

There are 3500 acres of nationally recognized parks, which are designed for excessive exploring and playing, not forgetting it is ideal for relaxing too. Rochester’s parks thrill you with amazing sports facilities and scenic trails.

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City of Inventions

Rochester is the home of many inventions which revolutionised the way we do things today. Visit the George Eastman House, and grasp the infinite impact of the American inventor in the photography industry.

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Beer Heaven

A trip to Genesee Brewery should be included in your Rochester itinerary. This renowned establishment has been operating since 1878 and continues to innovate in the beer business. Genesee Brewery sports interactive exhibits, a gift shop and pub-style restaurant.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country United States of America
Currency United States Dollar
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.08 USD
Language English
Hub Airport Greater Rochester International Airport
Airline Delta Air Lines / United Airlines / American Airlines
Time Zone GMT -5
Travel Adaptor Type A and B

Best time to visit Rochester

Rochester lies in the humid continental climate zone and has four different seasons. During winter (December to March) temperatures drop to around -18 degrees Celsius. The snow can be rather fierce but that does not mean the city should be avoided. Summer (June to August) is the peak season in this beautiful New York state metropolis. The weather is welcoming and largely sunny. Expect temperatures averaging 28 degrees Celsius. Although the weather is perfect for walking through the city, it does also mean that there will be tourism traffic and high prices. The best time to visit is during autumn (September to November) when the city’s air is crisp with summertime temperatures still bless the city with its warmth. It is also the unbelievable time of the year to witness the colourful autumn foliage. Incredible events such as Clothesline Festival, Keybank Fringe Festival and ImageOut Film Festival takes place during the months of September and October.

Weather & Climate in Rochester

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall level (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C -9°C -9°C -4°C 2°C 8°C 13°C 16°C 15°C 11°C 5°C 0.2°C -6°C
High °C -0.3°C 0.3°C 5°C 13°C 20°C 25°C 28°C 26°C 22°C 16°C 9°C 2°C
Rainfall (mm) 51 49 59 70 71 79 67 82 78 69 75 64

Rochester is known as the gateway to the beautiful Finger Lakes. This city is ideal for touring with its incredible range of parks, museums and historic sites. Enjoy an enriching walk through this aesthetically pleasing city as you visit the cultural attractions.

Have you ever thought of where many of our modern day inventions and innovations comes from? Well, Rochester is in fact the birthplace of impactful corporations such as Bausch & Lomb, Kodak and Xerox. A visit to The George Eastman House will lead to a wealth of knowledge into the humble beginnings of the photography industry.

For an escape to the east of America, Rochester is sure to provide a beautiful vacation. There will never be a dull moment and with 140 scintillating festivals, this city awaits to treat you to inescapable fun.

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South African passport holders travelling to Rochester require a visa to enter the United States. Leave plenty of time for visa processing, and make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.

The nearest South African Consulate to Rochester is the South African Consulate-General in New York City.

333 East 38th Street 9th Floor New York 10016 Phone: + 1 212 213 4880

Travellers are required to have the diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccination when travelling to Rochester. Depending on your travel itinerary, you should consider getting vaccinations for hepatitis B and rabies.

Rochester is a safe city. However, tourists are still encouraged to educate themselves on some potential dangers which might occur. Certain areas in Downtown Rochester are best avoided. When walking through the city, tourists should avoid Upper Monroe Avenue and Clinton Avenue as these two streets have seen a rise in crime.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Rochester
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant Re R100 R100 R168
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R25 R25 R58
Cappuccino (regular) R23 R23 R48
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R10 R10 R11
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R40 R40 R129
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